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Archives for February 2011

South Coast assemblymen set aside political party differences to cooperate on legislation to benefit region, state

Mon, February 28, 2011

One’s a Democrat, and one’s a Republican, but two assembly members representing Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties say they’ve teamed up to try to better serve the region’s voters. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorrell of Camarillo, and Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara kicked off their collaboration with a trio of Read the Rest…

New study shows spread of pollution from toxic waste site in Ventura County

Fri, February 25, 2011

A just released report is confirming major pollution problems at a wetlands preserve next to a toxic waste site in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an overview of the study involving Nature Conservancy property next to the old Halaco recycling facility. Audio

Local high school student helps document, and name new species

Thu, February 24, 2011

She’s not even out of high school, but a Santa Barbara teenager can list as one of her accomplishments establishing the existence of a new species. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story of the teen, and her mentor who’ve documented, and named a rare type of clam. Audio

Ventura restaurants modify kids menus to help battle childhood obesity

Wed, February 23, 2011

It may be a first in the nation, as some child advocates teamed up with some Ventura restaurants to come up with healthier kids menus. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the new effort is one of the latest efforts to fight childhood obesity in the county. Audio

Local relief group trying to equip emergency medical relief workers statewide

Tue, February 22, 2011

A Santa Barbara County based relief agency has created hundreds of backpack first aid kits in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for medical professionals who are part of a volunteer group organized to help during disasters. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Direct Relief International is expanding that effort statewide, to try to outfit more than 4600 Read the Rest…

Family finds Santa Barbara relative after 60 year search

Mon, February 21, 2011

A Santa Barbara woman who grew up thinking she was the daughter of an orphan has learned that her mother wasn’t really alone, and that she has dozens of relatives in Germany. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story of a family reconnecting after six decades, with the aid of the American Red Cross. Audio

Former California schools chief talks about state of educational system

Fri, February 18, 2011

A South Coast man who was California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction for the last eight years talks about the challenges our schools face, especially in light of the ongoing state budget crisis. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Jack O’Connell. Audio

Ventura County tries to keep up with need for foster care families

Thu, February 17, 2011

Ventura County, and some non-profit agencies are trying to meet the demand for foster care families in the county. There are often more than 600 children in the system at any given time. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports. Here is a link to Ventura County’s Human Services Agency website: Click Here Here is a link to Read the Rest…

Santa Barbara County drops plans for new administration building

Wed, February 16, 2011

Santa Barbara County Supervisors dropped plans for construction of a long planned new administration building in the northern part of the county, in the face of a continuing budget crisis. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the focus now is trying to figure out what to do with the bond money secured for the project. Audio

High school students invent device to help people with disabilities use stairs

Tue, February 15, 2011

Some local high school students trying to win a contest have in the process come up with a device which has the potential to help people with disabilities around the world. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Audio

UCSB Koegel Autism Center on cutting edge of autism treatment

Mon, February 14, 2011

Two U.C. Santa Barbara researchers are world famous autism researchers who have been on the cutting edge of new treatments, and therapies for more than three decades. KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at the local programs. Here’s a link to the Koegel Autism Center website: Click Here Audio

Opera company serving up free helpings of music for lunch

Fri, February 11, 2011

Some people are passing on lunch to sample some tasty music during the lunch hour in Santa Barbara. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Opera Santa Barbara has launched its annual series of free lunchtime concerts, starring some up and coming young opera performers. Audio

Pilot program tries to prepare parents for sending, and supporting their kids in school

Thu, February 10, 2011

A new program in some Santa Barbara area schools is sending the parents of some at-risk preschoolers to class, to educate them on how to better prepare their children for kindergarten. KCLU’s Lance Orozco gives us a look at the “Avance” program. Audio

Metrolink crash survivors, families talk to company which operated train

Wed, February 9, 2011

Some of the families affected by the September, 2008 crash of a Ventura County bound Metrolink train which killed 25 people, and injured 135 others met for the first time this week with the company which operated the train. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talked with some of those who took part in the meeting in Simi Read the Rest…

Controversy continues over fate of mail processing facility in Ventura County

Tue, February 8, 2011

A proposal to close a U.S. Postal Service mail processing facility in Ventura County to save money, and then shifting the work to Santa Barbara County is raising concerns about issues from jobs, to traffic and pollution. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the debate surrounding the fate of the Oxnard facility. Audio

Musical which brings high school memories to life hits stage in Ventura County

Mon, February 7, 2011

A musical which brings to life high school proms in the 1950′s, and 60′s, and features more than 30 classic songs is now on stage in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco gives us a taste of the Cabrillo Music Theater production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes”. Audio

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library undergoes renovation as part of centennial celebration

Fri, February 4, 2011

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and Museum in Simi Valley has renovated 26,000 feet of exhibit space as part of a celebration of the centennial of Reagan’s birth. KCLU’s Lance Orozco takes us on a tour. Audio

Santa Barbara County government, non-profit, and religious leaders launch new effort to tackle homelessness

Thu, February 3, 2011

Plans have been announced in Santa Barbara County for a drive to unite efforts to help the homeless, called “Common Ground Santa Barbara”. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Audio

Controversy continues over proposal to toughen onshore oil spill ordinance in Santa Barbara County

Wed, February 2, 2011

There’s controversy over some new proposals to beef up an ordinance intended to prevent onshore oil spills in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at the latest debate on the issue. Audio

Peace Prize winner to speak in Ventura County

Tue, February 1, 2011

She’s a minister who fights for social equality for low paid workers in California, and was recently honored for her efforts by a Ventura County university. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the Reverend Alexia Salvatierra, who’s speaking in Thousand Oaks on 2/1/11. Audio